Teams gracing the upper tier of MAAA volleyball shared a common trait this season with lineups anchored by thriving middle hitters and blockers.

Conference coaches have recognized that impact in their postseason honors, as released on Tuesday following state playoff runs by neighbors Valle Catholic and Ste. Genevieve.

Six of the 12 First Team awards and three more Second Team accolades belong to players who spent at least a large majority of their front-row time in the center of the action.

Two such performers are Valle Catholic sophomore Ella Bertram and Arcadia Valley junior Maddie DeMent, whose squads engaged in three remarkable battles with only slight separation.

The Lady Warriors claim three available First Team spots as Small-School division champions, while the rival Lady Tigers occupy the other three.

Bertram is joined on the First Team by two teammates who often delivered the necessary passes to maximize her attacks in senior setter Rachel Loida and senior libero Brooke Viox.

DeMent became a clear repeat selection to the First Team along with senior libero Katie Whited and junior setter/outside hitter Gracee Smith.

Valle and AV traded three-set victories before meeting for a district crown. The Lady Warriors prevailed in a classic rubber match with both games requiring extra points.

Central captured the MAAA Tournament and Large-School division championships while piling up 27 wins with just two seniors on its roster.

Senior Avery Norris split rotations between setting and providing a right-side threat to balance junior and leading middle attacker Kaley Kimball.

They shared First Team honors with middles Kayleigh Winch of North County, Julia McKlin of Ste. Genevieve and Linley Rehkop of Fredericktown, all six-rotation standouts.

Junior Bridget Bone continued a trend of recent defensive standouts at Farmington, earning First Team recognition at libero in her first varsity season.

Valle Catholic led with six all-conference picks – landing Hannah Drury, Sam Loida and Riley Siebert on the Second Team – while Arcadia Valley and Central had four each.

Rehkop represented one of two all-MAAA freshmen along with Farmington hitter Jade Roth. Versatile Valley setter/hitter Carter Clark was chosen from the sophomore class with Bertram and Sam Loida.

Other Large-School Second Team recipients include Central juniors Jessica Hulsey and Lizi Marler, North County senior Lauren Forrester and junior Emily Veach, and Fredericktown senior Mallory Mathes.

AV senior Kirsten Day and the West County trio of seniors Makenzie Simily and Kylie Newhouse and junior Dori McRaven round out the Small-School Second Team.

2019 MAAA All-Conference Volleyball

Large-School First Team

Bridget Bone – Farmington

Kaley Kimball – Central

Julia McKlin – Ste. Genevieve

Avery Norris – Central

Linley Rehkop – Fredericktown


Kayleigh Winch – North County

Large-School Second Team

Lauren Forrester – North County

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Jessica Hulsey – Central

Lizi Marler – Central

Mallory Mathes – Fredericktown

Jade Roth – Farmington

Emily Veach – North County


Small-School First Team

Ella Bertram – Valle Catholic

Maddie DeMent – Arcadia Valley

Rachel Loida – Valle Catholic


Gracee Smith – Arcadia Valley

Brooke Viox – Valle Catholic


Katie Whited – Arcadia Valley

Small-School Second Team

Carter Clark – Valley

Kirsten Day – Arcadia Valley

Hannah Drury – Valle Catholic

Sam Loida – Valle Catholic

Dori McRaven – West County


Kylie Newhouse – West County


Riley Siebert – Valle Catholic

Makenzie Simily – West County


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